Kuwait eVisa Requirements for Citizens of Japan

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In 2016, the government of Kuwait introduced the Kuwait eVisa, which is an electronic travel authorization. It enables Japanese travelers to visit Kuwait for short periods of time for tourism.

The Kuwait eVisa is available online by filling out an application form. Japanese passport holders are no longer obliged to visit an embassy or consular office to obtain a valid travel permit to travel to Kuwait.

Main Features of the Kuwait eVisa for Japanese Visitors

The visa policy for Kuwait defines the main benefits the eVisa offers to international visitors. The eVisa for Kuwait is valid for 30 days from the moment it is issued to the traveler for their arrival in the country. Japanese citizens are authorized a single-entry and allowed a stay in Kuwait for up to 90 days.

Japanese passport holders interested in visiting Kuwait for other purposes than tourism or would like to relocate for employment opportunities should schedule an appointment at the Kuwait embassy in Tokyo.

Requirements for the Kuwait eVisa for Japanese Nationals

We recommend reading the visa requirements for Japanese citizens before beginning their eVisa process. The specific conditions for the Kuwait eVisa are very straightforward and easy to meet for Japanese visitors. The most important ones include the following:

  • A Japanese passport valid for 190 days or more on the date they apply
  • A digital copy of the biographical page on their passport
  • A regularly used email address
    A debit or credit card to pay the eVisa service fee

Japanese applicants should take note of the requirement for the validity of their passports. Their passport must be valid for at least 190 days on the day they submit their application. If this condition is not met, we recommend submitting it for renewal at their earliest convenience before requesting the Kuwait eVisa. They should also have a readable digital copy of their passport’s biographical page.

Japanese citizens should ensure they apply with an email id they frequently use since all the communications, including the eVisa issuance, will be done online.

Likewise, since the Kuwait eVisa service fee is paid through a secure online platform, we recommend they check their bank card is activated for international online payments.

The Kuwait eVisa, once granted, will be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport and must be the one they use to enter Kuwait. Japanese visitors must ensure they reach Kuwait with the same passport they used during their eVisa request.

Application Process for the Kuwait eVisa for Japanese Citizens

Japanese nationals can apply for the Kuwait eVisa by completing an online application form with their biographical details, passport data, and travel information. Japanese travelers will also have to provide details regarding their accommodation in Kuwait. They will conclude the questionnaire by uploading a digital copy of their passport’s biographical page.

We recommend Japanese applicants check that all the information entered on the Kuwait eVisa form is correct and matches what is published on their passport. Any errors and missing information can cause processing delays or ultimately lead to an eVisa denial.

Japanese families or groups visiting Kuwait with children must note that each arrival must reach with their individual eVisa previously awarded. Their parents or legal tutors can submit their eVisa requests on their behalf without any problems.

Traveling on the Kuwait eVisa as a Japanese Citizen

The evaluation process for the Kuwait eVisa can take up to 72 hours. Japanese nationals are advised to submit their requests at least a week before their intended arrival to account for unforeseen delays during busy touristic periods.

Japanese applicants will receive their approved Kuwait eVisa by email and are recommended to print out a copy and keep it next to their travel documents before their departure.

As mentioned above, the validity of the eVisa and allowed period of stay should be taken into consideration by Japanese visitors when booking their transportation tickets into Kuwait. The arrival must be within 30 days of having received their Kuwait eVisa. Their departure date must be within 90 days of entering the country. If Japanese travelers have not reached Kuwait within a month of having received their eVisa, then it is rendered invalid, and they will have to reapply.

Japanese tourists can enter Kuwait by air, road, or sea. Upon reaching border control, they should hand in their passport and a printed copy of their eVisa for inspection to be allowed to enter the country.

Japanese travelers transiting through Kuwait do not need a Kuwait Visa as long as they stay in the International Transit Area at the Kuwait International Airport. However, if they plan to do some quick sightseeing and momentarily exit the airport, they will need an eVisa previously approved.

Can Japanese visitors extend their eVisa once in Kuwait?

Yes, Japanese tourists, who, for some reason, need to or prefer to stay for a more extended period than initially planned, can apply for the eVisa extension. They must have the reference number of their original eVisa at hand while applying.

Can Japanese travelers obtain the visa on arrival in Kuwait?

Yes, Japanese passport holders are eligible to apply for and obtain a visa if they have not had the time to apply beforehand. Nevertheless, this option can be slightly inconvenient with long queues at the airport after a long intercontinental flight. Japanese citizens prefer the much more convenient eVisa to visit Kuwait.

Application Steps

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Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa
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